DescriptionZachary Taylor Whiskey Request Signed "Z. Taylor - Comdr." One page, 7.5" x 4", July 1, 1833, "Fort Crawford, M T [Michigan Territory]". With his crude yet bold signature, Taylor, known as "Old Rough and Ready" for his willingness to share the rigor of the common soldier's life, authorizes this request for "extra whiskey" for thirty-eight of his soldiers and prisoners "on Fatigue". The document reads in part, "Return for extra whiskey for Men on extra duty and Fatigue and Prisoners on Fatigue at Fort Crawford. . . . No. of Men, 38. No of Days 1. No of Gills 38." Toned with a smoothed central fold. Light stains and foxing. Fine.
On the verso of the request is a list of the ranks and last names of the thirty-eight hardworking men privileged with the surplus spirits. Twenty-two are listed on "Extra Duty", "8 to the Lime Kiln", and "8 Prisoners". These men, under the command of Colonel Taylor, are likely veterans of the Black Hawk War (Chief Black Hawk surrendered to Taylor at Fort Crawford in 1832). Near this time while Taylor was the fort's commander, one of his lieutenants, Jefferson Davis, fell in love and, against Taylor's wishes, married his daughter Sarah.
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